Apply to become a firefighter in the City of Markham.
Do you want to be a firefighter? Markham’s Fire and Emergency Services Department looks for people who are motivated, prepared, competent, and who match our values.
Firefighters do many things:
Perform rescue work
Educate about fire prevention
Administer first aid
Respond to emergency hazardous material calls
Maintain firefighting equipment, vehicles, and stations
Clean up after fires
Firefighters respond to more than fires. 38 percent of fire department responses are to emergency medical calls.
Firefighters live and work together closely. They are responsible for housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, and vehicle maintenance at the fire station. Firefighters spend a lot of time inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining gear and equipment.
Teamwork is critical in a firefighter’s career:
Sharing routine tasks at the fire station
Providing back-up at the scene of an emergency
Depending on each other during emergency calls
Firefighting is not a regular day-job. It is a 24/7 public service. Firefighters work:
Weekends and holidays
Alternating day/night schedules
An average of 42 hours per week for four weeks at a time
A firefighter works under emergency conditions. The situations often involve a lot of risk.
The fire service is a paramilitary organization. Firefighters must follow Officers’ orders and adhere to rules and regulations. Firefighters need strong control over their behaviour.
The fire service is significantly involved in the community. Firefighters perform volunteer work in the community.
A firefighter has many duties. Reading about these will help you understand what the position requires.
Participates in emergency responses by performing:
fire ground operations
search and rescue
hazardous material control
fire apparatus and equipment operation
defibrillation and first aid activities
participants perform these activities in accordance with department policies and procedures, applicable legislation, and
Assists with incident investigation. Preserves evidence until investigating officer arrives. Takes witness statements as required.
Follows directions, regulations, Standard Operating Procedures, and completes duties and tasks as assigned.
Maintains firefighting equipment and apparatus. Ensures equipment is ready, operational, and well maintained.
Administrative Function and Communication
Identifies deficiencies and unsafe working conditions
Performs station duties:
answers telephone and takes messages
cleans and maintains the station and grounds
receives and conducts inventory of station supplies
performs these activities in accordance with department policies and procedures
Is receptive to communication from department and supervisor
Actively participates in training sessions and provides feedback
Immediately corrects unsafe work conditions if possible. If unable, reports to supervisor immediately
Actively participates in scheduled training events to improve knowledge and skills
Actively participates in the development of an annual personal learning and development plan
Policy and Procedures
Operates vehicles in accordance with Highway Traffic Act and fire department policies and procedures
Remains “non-preventable” accident/incident free while in control of City equipment
Reports major deficiencies in equipment and vehicles to station officer
Immediately upon arrival for duty, checks that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in position and ready for use according to applicable Standard Operating Procedures and immediately checks Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
Adheres to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Occupational Health and Safety (O.H.& S.) standards
Accurately completes and files documentation
Completes medical reports as soon as reasonable after returning from relevant medical calls
Inspections, Public Education, and Community Events
Conducts inspections in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures
Participates in community and educational events. Promotes fire safety and education to a variety of customers
Wellness and Fitness
Remains physically and mentally fit to satisfactorily execute duties appropriate to the job
Practices principles of wellness and physical fitness
The firefighting profession is not suited to everyone. This information will help you determine if you are a good fit for the career.
Firefighters work under a great deal of pressure. They respond to emergencies and are often in life-threatening situations.
The City of Markham is one of the most diverse communities in Canada. The City is committed to fostering an inclusive environment. We seek new recruits who are comfortable working with, and caring for, individuals from all walks of life and cultures.
The selection process for the City of Markham Fire and Emergency Services is very competitive. It is designed to ensure candidates meet the minimum standard qualifications for a Probationary Firefighter.
You will need to be fully prepared to complete the various tasks assigned. Sometimes, you will have to complete tasks with little warning. You will need to maintain a respectful and accountable manner throughout the process.
Successfully completing all phases does not ensure a job offer. Organizational fit is one of many factors in the final decision.
We choose individuals whose personal values match Fire and Emergency Service’s values These include pride, professionalism, respect, and teamwork.